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Tuesday, August 20 2013

Total Divas on E!: Just Switch it Off

Total Divas is WWE's ode to its own misogyny, its glorification of its belief that women are peripheral to real narratives and that women don't deserve the same opportunities as men.


Tuesday, June 12 2012

In Defense Of ... Billy Corgan’s Foray Into Professional Wrestling

With the news that the Smashing Pumpkins leader is developing a reality television series around his Resistance Pro imprint, it's hard to bet against the singer's success as a businessman.


Friday, September 30 2011

WWE’s Heels—the Jerks, Cowards and Miscreants—vs. Corporate Hedonism

Mainstream culture's failure to examine professional wrestling seriously -- in this case, workplace safety issues -- lets the WWE get away with all kinds of ridiculous villainy that no other media organisation could. And pocket a tidy profit while doing it.


Thursday, May 19 2011

Killing Osama bin Laden and David Mamet’s Special Ops Drama, ‘The Unit’

Viewing the world through a haze of vaguely remembered TV shows, tough-guy dialogue and TV jingles, the news about Osama bin Laden’s death quickly turned thoughts to The Unit, the TV series created by once-great writer David Mamet.


Wednesday, March 30 2011

Homophobia Is Alive and Well on TV at the WWE

With the WWE's biggest event of the year on the horizon, fans and sponsors might want to take a closer look at its blatant homophobia and reconsider the wisdom of handing over their money to a bigoted and retrograde institution.


Tuesday, April 27 2010

Mickie James’ WWE Firing the Last Stop on a Road of Employee Bullying and Misogyny

Contrary to popular belief, misogyny is not a natural and inherent part of the wrestling business: the WWE and Vince McMahon's repugnant efforts have been active and consistent in their targeted application.


Wednesday, March 24 2010

Beyond Barthes: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXV

If any wrestling match has crossed over to the emotional realm, it's the epic bout between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but is it enough to bring sensitivity to professional wrestling?


Monday, January 4 2010

Yes, TV is art. Can we talk about wrestling now?

TNA's live broadcast against WWE on January 4 could be a turning point for American TV wrestling. One shot alone won't make it through the WWE's bovine skull, but at least someone's started firing.


Monday, July 20 2009

In the Wrestling Ring with Ric Flair, Where ‘Evil is the Natural Climate’

Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.


Wednesday, August 15 2007

X-treme Championship Wrestling a training ground for the pros


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